Ryan Murphy Grades 5-8 General Science

Welcome! Below you will find useful information that can assist you throughout the entire year. The posted slideshows, homework bundles, worksheets, readings, and notes can be found below under the units of study for 5th,6th/7th, and 8th grade. You'll need to sign into your ae/ms account to access the unit information.

Email - rmurphy@aemseagles.org  Please see the attachment below that describes the units of study / four year curriculum (5-8).

Below you will find the first unit of the year for 8th, 6th/7th, and 5th grade.  You will find the topics covered in each unit and standards addressed at this link and at the bottom of the page (Topics, Standards.docx ). The homework bundle, lesson notes, and PowerPoint roadmaps if I can fit them (some are too large and will be sent as attachments to your student email addresses) are also provided at the bottom and will be updated throughout the year.  If students bring in an 8GB flashdrive / thumb drive I can install the entire curriculum for all 4 years.  This will allow students to access class lessons at home for help on the bundled homework or to visit the many learn more academic links.  I will be sending everyone the PowerPoint roadmaps as attachments to your gmail accounts.  It's difficult to post those here as they often exceed the mb limit. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to access that information. Thank you.

Neat Links with relevant learning experiences for all grades and every unit of study this year...

Bozeman Science


Hank at SciShow

http://www.sciencedaily.com/ For Daily Science News

Top Ten neat science educational sites

TED Talks Science

Course Information for grades 5-8.

What does it mean to come to class prepared?

          · You will need to arrive on time, every minute is important.

          · Materials to have everyday are the following:

1.    Science Journal "White lined"  (I will be giving you one although you can buy a nice one if you like because we will be using them many years to come.

2.    Assignment book (For recording homework and hall passes)

3.    Pen or pencil

          Extras that may help you – Small tool kit with colored pencils, ruler, scissors, calculator, protractor, straight edge, and compass. 

Science Journal

          A science journal is a written record that you will be keeping of what you are learning in class.  We very rarely use a textbook in science.  Instead, you will be writing in your journals everyday such as taking classroom notes, answering journal questions, drawing graphs, and making observations.  Journals are 25% of your total science grade and will be checked for periodically throughout the trimester for neatness, completion, and quality.  You will be filling in the entire journal with writing and drawings by the end of the year. 

Bundled Homework Package

          Most of the homework and tests this year are grouped together in something called an end of the unit assessment or "OFE" (Opportunity For Excellence).  They're similar to a test but differ in some ways.  They range somewhere between 8-16 pages covering the various topics throughout the trimesters.  Each year students will complete 4-10 of these bundled homework packages.  They are passed out near the beginning of a unit and should be completed as part of nightly homework.  They are due shortly after the end of the unit.  The due dates should be copied into the student agenda book.  Students should use their notes from their science journal as a reference to assist them.  Students can also use the internet, books, family members, relatives, and past students for help.  Students can also assist other students as long as it is not direct copying.  Direct copying from another student’s assessment is considered cheating.  My expectations for a well done assessment are very high because students are given several weeks to complete, access to class notes in their science journal, access to the internet, and the ability to discuss questions with peers and myself.  Do not wait to the last minute, as a well done assessment takes a considerable amount of time and chronologically follows the notes from the science journal.  Always complete your bundled homework / assessment up to the most recent notes in your science journal - I call this “Staying Current”.  Students should be working on the bundled homework package for 15-20 minutes a night or an hour a week. Homework from now till the end of the year is to “stay current” on your bundled homework package. The slideshows posted below can help your student with this challenging work bundle.

Review Games

PowerPoint Review games look a lot like that familiar game show Jeo_ _ _ _ _ .  I don't play them the same way.  Students work in table groups and usually use their science journal to help them as they move through 20 challenging questions. 5 bonus questions of one point each, and then a 5 point final wager question conclude the game.  Having a neat and organized science journal of classroom notes is crucial to student success in these challenging review games. The review games are found at the end of each part of the PowerPoint roadmap. Be prepared for the review games as we approach the end of each part. Students are allowed to retake the review game if they did poorly the first time. Just see me during flex for a new template 1-25 sheet. 


          Please see me after an absence to discuss what you have missed.  You can obtain missed class notes by going through the class slideshow on the student computer located in the corner of my room.  You can also use a friends science journal to record the missing the notes or see me for a copy.  In all cases, taking a proactive approach to your missed days is recommended.

 Additional Help

      If you need help with an assignment then please come and see me.  I'm here to help you in whatever way I can.  I am usually available during most study halls.  I am also available to assist you after school if needed.  Please let me know in advance if you would like to stay after school so I don’t make any other appointments.  My scheduled homework support day is  every Wednesday from 2:45-3:30 PM from now to June.


            I use an electronic grading system that uses category weights.  It's very important to be successful in all of the different categories to obtain a strong grade.  A printed copy of your student’s individual grades can be obtained by request and is provided periodically throughout a trimester.  Students who score below an 74% at progress reports will receive a printed copy of the grade report.  As a note, the science journal is incredibly important.  Besides being a written record of the trimester and worth 25% of your grade, it is helpful to complete the bundled homework package.  A well done and organized science journal makes completion of the homework bundles that much easier.  Most every question on the homework bundle can be found in a neat and organized science journal.

45%      · Bundled Homework and Projects                (Like a take home test, helps review material)

25%     · Science Journals                                          (Everyday entries, class notes, and lab activities)

20%      · Review Games and Available Sheets   (Several Games per unit and worksheets from class)

10%       · Other                                                            (Misc. On-Task)

Thanks again.  Feel free to contact me or drop by the science classroom. I will be posting the next units information, homework bundle, and notes after we finish this current unit.

Ryan Murphy, M.Ed

PLEASE VISIT THE ATTACHED FILES BELOW!  You will find the unit notes that are extremely helpful. Feel free to print these notes and bring them to class. They can help you on review games, the homework bundle, and classroom lessons. You will also find the homework bundle that chronologically follows the PowerPoint slideshow. Feel free to print this one if you lost the one I gave you or if you want a color copy. You'll also find the attached PowerPoint slideshows with academic links to learn more about topics covered. Use the slideshow to assist you with the homework bundle. Please do not go ahead of daily lessons. It will make the upcoming lesson boring if you've already seen it. It also might give away some of the surprises. The resources below are critical if you were absent and a fantastic resource for everyone.

5th Grade Water Molecule Unit

Areas of Focus within the Water Molecule Unit:-Locations of Water on the Planet, Importance of Water, Groundwater, Groundwater Pollution, The Water Molecule, Properties of Water, Polarity, Cohesion, Adhesion, Capillary Action, High Specific Heat, and Water has a Neutral pH; Lower Density of Ice. Water is the Universal Solvent, Mixtures.


6th and 7th Grade Science Skills Unit        

-Areas of Focus within The Introduction to Science Unit: Lab Safety, Lab Safety Equipment, Magnification, Microscopes, Stereoscopes, Hand Lenses, Electron Microscopes, Compound Light Microscopes, Parts of a Compound Microscope, Metric System, International System of Units, Scientific Notation, Base Units, Mass, Volume, Density, Temperature, Time, Other SI Units, Observation, Inferences, Scientific Method, What is Science? What makes a good scientist? Types of Scientists, Branches of Science, Scientific Method, Hypothesis, Observations, Inferences.


8th Grade DNA and Genetics

-Areas of Focus within The DNA and Genetics Unit: DNA, DNA Extraction, Structure of DNA, Discovery of the Double Helix, Rosalind Franklin, Nucleotides, RNA, Cell Division, Mitosis, Phases of Mitosis, Chromosomes, Cancer, Ways to Avoid Cancer, What is Inside a Cigarette?, Facts about Smoking?, Anti-Smoking Ads, Meiosis, Phases in Meiosis, Sexual vs. Asexual reproduction, fertilization, haploid vs. diploid, important events in meiosis, Genetics, Gregor Mendel, Punnett Squares, Probability, Dihybrid Cross, Codominance, Incomplete dominance, Bio-Ethics, GMO’s, Genetic Disorders, Stem Cell Debate, GMO’s, Cloning Debate.

Ryan Murphy,
Aug 17, 2016, 4:23 PM